Academy Awards can give meaningful films power, even as Hollywood bias protests may have a lasting effect

February 29, 2016 11:29 AM

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Interviewing "Spotlight" actors Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams earlier this month at a Santa Barbara International Film Festival tribute, Roger Durling, the event's director, broke from asking questions about the movie and their careers to offer an expression of gratitude.

"I'll speak for all of us survivors when I say, 'Thank you for making 'Spotlight,'" Durling told the actors. A couple of days earlier, Durling had written an op-ed piece about his own past as a victim of clerical abuse. He said that "Spotlight," which followed the Boston Globe's investigation of the...

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